Ethics Bill Could Move Out of Senate This Week

Columbia, SC (WLTX) --Lawmakers could be closer to changing our state's ethics laws this week, at least if Senate President John Courson has his way. Courson says he aims to get the bill out of the Senate by the end of the week. The bill has already received initial clearance from the House.

Courson says senators have to deal with nearly 60 amendments before a vote.

As is stands right now, Courson says the bill would require lawmakers to disclose their income, and make independent expenditure groups disclose how much money they were given for campaign use.

He says it would also tackle the issue of lawmakers policing themselves through the House and Senate Ethics Committees.

Couson expects they will get more work done on the bill Wednesday.

"We've made progress, there is time," said Courson. "Either get it back to the House for them to concur with what we did, or submit it to a conference committee; but the intent is to get it out of the senate this week."

Courson says he is willing to call senators in on Friday, a day they are usually off, to advance the bill.


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